Construction of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) in western North Carolina is complete. The 346.8-mile route over some of the highest mountains in the Eastern United States is the longest continuous section of the MST built thus far. It goes from Clingmans Dome on the Tennessee-North Carolina border to Stone Mountain State Park, the MST’s gateway to the Piedmont.
Buying clothes treated with insect repellent can drive away bugs and attract funds for Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail thanks to Greensboro-based Insect Shield. The company has announced it will donate 10% of the value of any online purchases of its products by Friends of the MST members, or their friends.
Join us in Surf City - Friday, March 22 through Sunday, March 24 - for the 2019 Gathering of Friends. You'll get to hear the latest MST news, meet fellow trail enthusiasts, learn new skills, and explore some of the special places along the Coastal Crescent route of the MST. Highlights at the Gathering will include: A [...]
Save the date for an exciting new annual festival celebrating the MST and surrounding trails in Elkin on May 31 - June 2, 2019. This long weekend will be full of family-oriented competitive and recreational activities, educational workshops, guest speakers, art exhibitions, guided hikes, outdoor oriented vendors and non-profits and lots of opportunities to get out and [...]
Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail has signed an agreement to assist Orange County’s efforts to build and maintain the MST in that county. “This is an important step toward completing a critical link for the trail in the Triangle and beyond,” said Kate Dixon, executive director of the Friends. “The agreement was built on the shoulders of [...]
Suggestions and Tips for Section-Hikers, by Jerry Barker The First Hike: “A journey of a thousand (1175) miles begins with a single step” or “a hike of the MST begins with the first hike.” Planning and taking the first step of the first hike gets the process rolling, and after 118 ten-mile hikes the entire 1175 mile MST [...]
Signs are going up along the road sections of the current MST route. Volunteers have fanned out to screw signs into sign posts and paint blazes at road intersections. To date, the signs are up in Bladen, Onslow, Pender, Sampson, and Surry counties. The next step is to install signs in Carteret, Craven and Cumberland counties. And we’ll [...]
Between Friday, September 7th and Sunday the 9th get out for a hike on the MST! Help us collectively accumulate a huge number of miles walking on the MST across North Carolina in celebration of this beautiful trail and those who hike and maintain it. Walk where you want anywhere on the 1175 miles (or paddle the [...]